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March 30, 2016, 08:37:00 PM
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Fat Daddy

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Its been a long winter with no birds lay'n or eggs to hatch. So it was time for a project! I put up pix of my old 1911 with the laser do hickey a while back.... I have loved this gun for a long time. Never had a holster for it I really liked thou. The common nylon crap just never seemed right.... 30 odd years ago we did a bit of leather work. Always enjoyed it but just kinda got out of the habit. Well, little brother made himself a holster a year or so ago and had some scraps left over, too much to throw away. He gave them to me and they been lay'n on my gun bench for a year now. Its time to build a good holster for the .45.....  its legal to carry in Ks but I dont want to be obvious with a big hog leg pistol in the open. So something above my wallet that my flannel will hide is what I had in mind. After play'n around with a few paper patterns, I cut some leather..... Now the typical Mexican/cowboy, flowery tooling aint really my style. But I enjoy the art and do'n the work, so I went my own way here too..... The end product came out very well IMHO..... I used a double saddle stitch that should out last my grand daughter's children... All holes were hand punched with a diamond awl for the sew'n . The tread was heavy and waxed....

Pieces cut and tooling started.....


Skull tooling done and sewing started.....


Done, stained and fits both my pistol and my personality perfectly.....

March 30, 2016, 08:58:21 PM
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Fat Daddy

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I enjoyed make'n the holster for the .45 alot! It wears great, and rides perfectly and draws well. But the gun is so damn heavy that if I have it on my belt and do much walk'n around, it wants to drag my drawers down! I hate to see a fat mans butt crack and wont be "That Guy".... Now try'n to tighten my belt enough to hold a extra 3 lbs in place is alot like rope'n a pig, just dont work out well. So I figured if I bought a lighter pistol I could make another holster while wait'n for the birds to start lay'n...... I settled on a nice little stainless 357mag that shoots like a dream.... Its a loud, flashy little hand full, but weighs just 22 oz and easy to hide on a fat man.....



Figured the .45 design worked well so I figured I'd stick with that style. Could never settle on a tooling design that I really liked so I skipped it this time around. I really like the wet formed rigs that you cant really do over tooling so I figured I'd give that a try....  Here the pieces are cut and cemented together ready for stitching.....



Here the stitching is done and stained up... the little strap at the top stiffens the opening up some but I really just liked it a little bit different....



Here is the finished rig and it IS the kitty's nipples Ill tell ya true! The wet forming came out so well you can damn near read the writing on the barrel.... fits snug and rides well too.....





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March 31, 2016, 12:38:04 PM
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LittleBit

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 11111 11111 11111 Don't like to cuss much, but DAMN Bill......they are both very professtional!!!! Guess I'm not the only anal one, huh? Back at ya! Beautiful! Love how you tell the story too.....you make me laugh and I'm at work, so I can't be smiling too much at the computer.  eek Wow!

March 31, 2016, 05:34:19 PM
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I've just got to ask a question.......how did you get the skeleton face on it?